Employment Law Update Seminars

September 29, 2021 - 12:00am

Employment Law Update Seminars

The leading North West commercial law firm Baines Wilson is restarting live employment law seminars.

The sessions next month will give businesses vital pointers to adapt to changes brought about by the pandemic.

The half-day seminars in Lancaster, Newby Bridge and Carlisle cover topical issues such as workplace mental health, how employers should treat staff going through the menopause, managing performance when staff are working from home, and employers’ duties to prevent sexual harassment.

There will also be an update on case law and legislative changes, and an opportunity to raise questions on any employment law or HR matter.

Joanne Holborn, partner and head of employment at Baines Wilson, said: “Businesses will get bang up-to-date knowledge about what’s going on in employment law.

“The world of work has been changed by the pandemic and businesses are still getting to grips with that.

“Mental health has become a massive issue while hybrid working, where staff work from home some of the time, is here to stay. Employers need to understand how they can better manage staff working remotely.”

A key objective of the seminars is to help businesses avoid being embroiled in costly and reputationally-damaging employment tribunals.
For instance, employers can potentially face sex discrimination and even harassment claims if they mishandle an approach from an employee who is going through the menopause.

Similarly, while most businesses have an equal opportunities policy, this isn’t in itself enough to defend a sexual harassment claim. The sessions will set out what employers can do to ensure they have a statutory defence.

Baines Wilson has been running its seminars online for the last 18 months but is reverting to live events following the lifting of most Covid restrictions.

Joanne said: “What we find with the live events is that, as well as learning about changes in employment law, businesses talk to each other. It’s a good opportunity to learn from peers and exchange ideas, which is particularly important given the changes that have been brought about by the pandemic.”

The sessions are aimed at HR professionals and anyone else – perhaps a finance director, for example – who has responsibility for HR matters.

“We also get business owners and managing directors attending to get an overview of employment law issues,” Joanne said.

The Employment Team at Baines Wilson will deliver the sessions.

The seminars take place at:

• Lancaster House Hotel, on Tuesday 12 October;
• The Swan Hotel, Newby Bridge on Thursday 14 October and;
• Carlisle Racecourse on Tuesday 19 October.

Registration opens at 9am with tea, coffee and Danish pastries and the sessions run from 9.30am to 12.30pm, followed by lunch.

Chamber members will receive a £10 discount. Places are available at £65 plus VAT. Reserve yours online at https://www.baineswilson.co.uk/seminar-booking-form